Elijah of Buxton
By Christopher CurtisReading Level: Middle School
Awards: Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Award
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks 2009
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Elijah has the distinction of being the first child born in the Buxton Settlement, which was founded in Ontario in 1849 as a haven for former slaves. Narrator Elijah tells an episodic story that builds a broad picture of Buxton's residents before plunging into the dramatic events that take him out of Buxton and, quite possibly, out of his depth.